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Examines the causes, events, and legacies of the Holocaust which resulted in the extermination of six million Jews.

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Examines the causes, events, and legacies of the Holocaust which resulted in the extermination of six million Jews.

Examines the causes, events, and legacies of the Holocaust which resulted in the extermination of six million Jews.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Numerous black-and-white photographs provide stirring accompaniment to this examination of the Holocaust and its aftermath; in PW 's words, ``Rogasky elicits considerable power from an unexpected source--statistics and lists, and the cold-blooded notations of officers carrying out their duties.'' Ages 12-up. (Apr.) *HOW-TO*
Publishers Weekly
When Smoke and Ashes: The Story of the Holocaust by Barbara Rogansky first appeared in 1988, PW noted the author's ability to "elicit considerable power from an unexpected source statistics and lists, and the cold-blooded notations of officers carrying out their duties." Now, Rogansky's account has been revised and expanded, with roughly one-third of the volume including new information that has come to light since publication.
School Library Journal
Gr 5 Up-In this update of her 1988 work (o.p.), Rogasky presents information about the causes, ghettos, concentration and death camps, non-Jewish victims, resistance, "rescuers," the fate of the most notorious of the Nazis, and anti-Semitism and hate groups today. Readable and evenhanded, the text incorporates numerous quotations and photos that support and extend the information. It includes facts unavailable at the time of the initial printing, such as sections on the regular German army's involvement in the atrocities, and the treatment of homosexuals. Names of some rescuers, including Sempo Sugihara, have been added, and there is expanded information about resistance attempts. An entirely new chapter addresses the Germans' attempts to destroy evidence of their actions and to kill as many remaining Jews as possible when it became clear that Germany would lose the war. This edition offers a more extensive list of references than the original, as well as a listing of source notes for the quotations. The final chapter includes new sections on hate-group use of the Internet and Holocaust denial. Despite one confusing map reference, this revised and expanded edition of Rogasky's definitive work will be a welcome addition to libraries lacking the first edition, as well as a useful update for those looking to replace it.-Amy Lilien-Harper, The Ferguson Library, Stamford, CT Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Gr 6 Up Rogasky's graphic and moving chronicle of 20th-Century genocide in the western world tackles enormous questions of ethics, values, and history. She begins with an analysis of the roots of anti-Semitism, and sketches in how Hitler came to power. Then Rogasky details the dark horror of Nazismfrom the beginning pogroms the Nazis organized against German Jews to the setting up of concentration camps and death factories. She utilizes many primary sourcespersonal narratives of victims and survivors and the records left by the Nazisto tell the story of mass murder. In clear and simple prose, she relates how the Jews lived and died in the camps, how they fought and prayed, how a few escaped, and how a small number of non-Jews helped them in their struggle. She concludes with an account of the Nuremburg Trials and the many instances of contemporary anti-Semitism that have outlived Hitler. Black-and-white photosmany of them vivid reminders of the genocideunderscore the dark events described. Milton Meltzer's Never to Forget (Harper, 1976) remains the best narrative account of the Holocaust for older children and teenagers, but because of the pictures here and the accessibility of Rogasky's text, Smoke and Ashes is highly recommended. One Holocaust survivor stated, ``There is only one thing worse than Auschwitz itself, and that is if the world forgets there was such a place.'' Young readers of this book won't forget. Jack Forman, Mesa College Library, San Diego
Kirkus Reviews
The reissue of the 1988 first edition freshens up the format (the lines have more space between them, making the text easier to read) and adds new information to this monumentally important history of the Holocaust. Rogasky takes the reader from the roots of anti-Semitism in Germany through Hitler’s rise to power and his immediate implementation of the war against the Jews, the death camps, the liberation of the camps, and the Nuremberg trials. Additions to the text include a section on the role of the German army and the Order Police, the mobile death squads responsible for killing approximately two million Jews. The evidence is overwhelmingly against the argument that the Holocaust was carried out only by the Special Forces of the SS and not by the ordinary soldiers of the German army. A chapter has been added about the desperate efforts of the Germans to finish off the job of killing the Jews and to destroy the evidence as it became clear that they were losing the war. The last chapter about hate groups and Holocaust deniers is expanded to include direct responses to specific claims made by so-called revisionists. Rogasky pulls no punches in her forthright and unflinching account. The shameful suppression of the truth when it was known by the British and American governments, their refusal to help by taking in Jewish refugees when it was still possible, the Allied decision not to bomb Auschwitz and thus disable the killing machinery are all detailed. A source list that is more than three times as long as in the earlier edition speaks to the scrupulously thorough research, with most of the additional sources having been published since the first edition. Clearly written, comprehensive,sensitive, and nuanced: an indispensable resource. (bibliography, footnotes, time line, photo credits, index) (Nonfiction. 12+)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780823408788
  • Publisher: Holiday House, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/28/1991
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Pages: 192
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Lexile: 970L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 9.97 (h) x 0.55 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2005

    Smoke and Ashes

    Smoke and Ashes is a very great and educational book but with alot of graphic images and thoughts. This book tells the story of the holocaust and how the Jews were tortured and what they did to fight back. It showed all of the brutal things that the Jews had to go through. If you are able to handle graphic images and thoughts this book could have a huge affect on the way you think of life.

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